Black vaudeville acts are featured in this Vitaphone Pepper Pot short. In addition to those listed in the credits, acts include The 3 Whippets, a group of acrobats; and The Five Racketeers,...
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A Warners/Vitaphone short that proves the Vitaphone shorts operation in New York was every bit as capable of making just as bad short subjects as those churned out by Educational Pictures. ... See full summary »
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Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra,
The Three Brown Jacks
On a set resembling a yacht, Roger Wolfe Kahn leads his orchestra in several popular tunes of the day. Billed and un-billed guest acts also perform. At the end, Kahn thrills his guests by piloting a biplane.
Roger Wolfe Kahn,
Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra,
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Alfred J. Goulding
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle,
Al St. John,
An elderly barber shop owner wins a sweepstake and uses the winnings to elaborately remodel his run-down shop. For in-house entertainment he hires his musician friends as the jazz orchestra and the four shoeshiners are skilled tap dancers.
Claude Hopkins & Orchestra,
Black vaudeville acts are featured in this Vitaphone Pepper Pot short. In addition to those listed in the credits, acts include The 3 Whippets, a group of acrobats; and The Five Racketeers, a band that initially backs up Eunice Wilson and then sings "Tiger Rag". Written by
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It's worth seeing just to see the Three Whippets!!
This is a short from Vitaphone from 1935. Although the country had a hard time acknowledging the full humanity of its black citizens at that time, somehow Warner Brothers was willing to make quite a few shorts in which they featured famous black acts of the day. Apart from having a group play their music in front of a giant watermelon backdrop(!), the film was a very positive portrayal.
Of all the acts in the film, THE act to see are the Three Whippets and they perform at the beginning. Although the famed Nicholas Brothers appear later and there is some nice singing, clearly the Whippets are the ones to watch. This is because they are insanely athletic and are among the best dancers you'll ever see anywhere! Seriously...they were amazing. Now the Nicholas Brothers were also very enjoyable--so I am not at all saying that they were disappointing in any way. But, oddly, they never appeared in another film--whereas the Nicholas lads were quite popular. Why would one super-talented group make it and the other wouldn't? Also included are some musical acts which are pleasant but undistinguished. Clearly the dancing is the reason not to miss this film.
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